While The Kids Are Away, The Teachers Will — Learn

12 Oct , 2016  

Students were not in class on Friday, Oct. 7, but there was a flurry of educational activity underway throughout Mansfield City Schools.

It was the second of five professional development days scheduled primarily for teachers and administrators to focus on teaching techniques, concepts and strategies to improve student achievement. In cooperation with Ohio State University-Mansfield, the district scheduled more than 40 sessions in various buildings.  More…


Renowned Artists To Come To Town To Train Local Educators

8 Oct , 2016  

Workshops for local teachers, led by some of the nation’s most renowned teaching artists, show how the arts can open doors to core academic subjects. And the three-hour programs at the Renaissance Theatre, including dinner, are free. The continuing professional development series is designed to help local teachers incorporate the arts into classroom strategies through Partners in Education, a partnership among Mansfield City Schools, the Mansfield Art Center and the Renaissance Theatre in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. More…

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Outdoor Photography Workshop at OSU-M

7 Oct , 2016  

Just a few spots are left in Capturing Nature’s Wonders, an Oct. 18 outdoor photography workshop taught by Jim Doty Jr., author of Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, at Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus.

Participants “will learn the simple steps that make the difference between ordinary snapshots and extraordinary photos,” said Kathy Smith, head of Ohio State University Extension’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, the workshop’s sponsor. OSU Extension is the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. More…


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Mansfield Senior Homecoming Is October 14

7 Oct , 2016  

Mansfield Senior High School’s 2016 homecoming queen will be announced during an afternoon assembly on Friday, Oct. 14, in Pete Henry Gym just hours before the Tygers welcome Wooster to Arlin Field.

The homecoming parade is being revived this year. It will leave the parking lot behind Senior High at 5:30 p.m., then travel on Park Avenue West and north on Trimble Road to Arlin Field. More…

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The New Store Presented For Neighboring County Audience

4 Oct , 2016  

On Monday, Julie Kleshinski, Executive Director of the Richland County Children’s Auxilary, profiled the Auxiliary’s program, The New Store, for a group of interested Crawford County civic leaders at the Galion Community Hospital.

The New Store is an effort to provide new school clothing to Richland County children in need. Started in September 2007, the store provides assistance for over 1,000 children annually.  In the last six months alone, Kleshinski said, the facility has seen 700 kids come through its doors. More…


Could Fiscal Emergency Release Be Around The Corner?

30 Sep , 2016  

The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission complimented the work of Treasurer Robert Kuehnle Tuesday as signs continue to point to Mansfield City Schools’ release from fiscal emergency in a matter of months. During an hour-long session the commission heard monthly revenue and expenditure reports, then unanimously approved the district’s five-year financial forecast. More…


Shot Clinic At Mansfield Senior

28 Sep , 2016  

A shot clinic for students in grades 7 and 12 who have not received required vaccinations will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Dutton Community Room at Mansfield Senior High.

The Ohio Department of Health requires all seventh-grade students to have the Tdap and meningococcal shots and all 12th-graders to have the meningococcal shot. Seniors require two meningitis shots eight weeks apart or one meningitis shot if the first does was received after age 16. More…


Mansfield Senior’s Cub Room Showcases Students’ Culinary Skills

25 Sep , 2016  

The pace was fast and furious in the Mansfield Senior High culinary arts kitchen Thursday as lunchtime diners and carryout orders began pouring into the Cub Room. “I need two more grilled chicken sandwiches, one with no onions,” Chef Linda Golden called out. “And put on three more Reubens, one with fries to go. Make sure there’s a side salad with ranch dressing for this pasta bolognese.”

Golden, the culinary arts instructor, sat at the end of a kitchen counter, a seemingly endless stream of order tickets spread out in front of her. From her vantage point she could yell – yes, sometimes it was necessary to yell – orders to the grill cooks and salad makers, at the same time communicating with servers moving in and out of the swinging dining room doors. “We’re going to run out of chili today. I have a feeling,” she muttered to herself. More…


Mansfield Schools Talks Tax Levy Durations

23 Sep , 2016  

When Mansfield City Schools returns to the ballot in May seeking renewal of two property tax levies, the duration of those levies will be staggered. Neither would be a new tax, only a continuation of what the district already has.

Treasurer Robert Kuehnle proposed the staggered renewal dates during the board of education meeting Tuesday, citing the devastating impact if both levies were lost at the same time as the result of a downturn in the economy or other unexpected circumstance. “These levies were approved by voters in 2013 and each generates approximately $4 million annually,” he said. “My goal is not to have both levies on the same five-year cycle.” Kuehnle said he will propose both renewals at the same dollar amount as they generate now, meaning that together they would continue to yield $8 million annually. More…


Mansfield School Board To Look At Finances

19 Sep , 2016  

Treasurer Robert Kuehnle will discuss renewal levies on the May ballot and recommend the awarding of a bid for demolition of the former Newman Elementary School when the Mansfield City Schools Board of Education meets on Tuesday evening, Sept. 20. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Raemelton administration building, 856 W. Cook Road.

Kuehnle also will ask board approval of the district’s five-year financial forecast and propose a health savings account plan for administrators which would be available to all other employees. More…


The Ohio State University Announces Richland County Graduates

19 Sep , 2016  

The Ohio State University has issued the list of students who earned degrees at commencement exercises on Aug. 7, 2016. The university awarded 1,666 degrees at the ceremony, including 251 doctoral, 10 professional, 494 masters, 796 bachelors and 115 associates.

Students may choose not to have their names released under the provisions of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Their names have been excluded from the lists.
These students from Richland County received degrees from OSU: More…


Math Rules at Mansfield Middle School

17 Sep , 2016  

There’s much more to math classes at Mansfield Middle School this year than simply finding correct answers. Students are understanding how they found the answers.

“We’re pushing them to think: Why is that correct? Why did that work?” said Angela Wolboldt, math teacher leader at the middle school. More…


Mansfield City And Madison Local Match Area In School Report Cards

15 Sep , 2016  

Across north central Ohio, there were very few bright spots as the State of Ohio Department of Education released school district report cards this morning.

Both Mansfield City and Madison Local Schools earned an overall “F” for indicators met, however this was a common occurrence not only in Richland but in the north central Ohio area. The Mansfield News Journal reported this morning that 14 districts in Richland, Ashland, and Crawford Counties received “Fs”. More…


OSU Trained Literacy Coaches Make A Difference

15 Sep , 2016  

Pat Gordon’s passion for developing literacy initiatives that improve student achievement burns as intensely as it did when she first began working with the Ohio State University in Columbus more than 20 years ago.

An elementary teacher in Mansfield City Schools for nearly 30 years before retiring two years ago, Gordon was the first district teacher to complete training through OSU’s Literacy Collaborative. The program is a nationally recognized, research-based instructional method for teaching reading and writing. Since then, other district teachers have joined Gordon as certified literacy coaches after completing the year-long training required by OSU. More…